Dr. Lambert is the Executive Director and Senior Scientist of Nursing and Allied Health Research and Knowledge Translation at BC Cancer. She holds a cross appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the UBC School of Nursing. During her PhD at UBC, Leah was supported by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Strategic Training in Health Research (CIHR-STIHR) Psychosocial Oncology Research Training Fellowship and a four-year UBC Doctoral Fellowship, as well as several distinction awards including two UBC Faculty of Applied Science Graduate Awards on the basis of outstanding scholarship. Leah was the first embedded researcher at BC Cancer to hold a CIHR and Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) Health System Impact Postdoctoral Fellowship. In her current role, Dr. Lambert and her team lead collaborative research and knowledge mobilization initiatives in partnership with health care practitioners, health system leaders, policymakers, and patients to generate evidence-informed improvements in care, better patient outcomes and increased system performance.

Dr. Lambert’s research program is focused on examining the health service needs of people diagnosed with cancer and their families, and expanding multidisciplinary approaches to problem solving within the care system. Dr. Lambert has a special interest in examining how cancer care practices, policies and systems are contributing to health and health care inequities and investigating strategies to enhance equity-oriented care in the cancer sector. The long-term goal of her research is to generate evidence on how to most effectively provide quality and efficient health services and deliver excellent person-centred care across the cancer care trajectory that is equitable for all patients.


Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC School of Nursing


Barriers, facilitators and motivations to pursue specialty certification in oncology nursing: the case of BC oncology nurses

Are you an oncology nurse? We want to better understand your perspectives on factors that influence your decisions to pursuing – or not pursing – a Canadian Nursing Association (CNA) specialty nursing oncology CON(C) certification. The insight gathered will shape the rollout and evaluation of an organizational strategy to increase the number of specialized oncology nurses at BC Cancer.

Identifying and Supporting People Affected by Cancer who Experience Health and Social Inequities

We want to understand how healthcare providers recognize and respond to people affected by cancer who experience health and social inequities. We are actively recruiting healthcare providers to participate in one in-person or virtual interview lasting 30-60 minutes and to complete a short online demographic survey. This survey can also be completed verbal ahead of your interview.

Advancing Health Equity in the Cancer Care Sector: Identifying Organizational and Contextual Factors Impacting the Integration of Equity-Oriented Healthcare for Marginalized Populations

There are alarming differences in cancer outcomes for people who experience health and social inequities. Because of racism, discrimination, stigma, and many other barriers, some people experience extreme difficulties accessing cancer care. Integrating equity-oriented healthcare approaches into cancer care could start to address these differences in health outcomes and improve access to cancer care. Together with Dr. Annette Browne from the University of British Columbia, Dr.

Pilot Study Using an Online Patient-Reported Outcome Measures Portal to Optimize Breast Cancer Follow-up Care

Most breast cancer cells (70-75%) have estrogen and/or progesterone receptors, and can be treated with 5-10 years of anti-hormonal therapy to prevent breast cancer from growing. However, many breast cancer patients (40-50%) do not take their recommended daily anti-hormonal therapy, which could potentially increase their risk of dying by 49%. Main reasons women do not take anti-hormonal medications are unpleasant side effects and lack of access to effective follow-up care. To better support women, the After Breast Cancer (ABC) clinic was created by BC Cancer and BC Women’s Hospital.

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research C2 Grant Award

Together with her team, Dr. Leah Lambert, executive director and senior scientist, Nursing and Allied Health Research and Knowledge Translation will be working with Dr. Michael McKenzie and UBC nursing professor Dr. Sally Thorne on the project planning to enhance capacity for equity-oriented cancer care in B.C. This project is about bringing together researchers, health care providers, leaders in health policy and service delivery, knowledge users and patient and family partners to discuss health and health care equity as it relates to cancer care.

Selected Publications

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Canadian oncology nursing journal = Revue canadienne de nursing oncologique, 2018
Galica, Jacqueline, Bilodeau, Karine, Strohschein, Fay, Powell, Tracy L, Lambert, Leah K, Truant, Tracy L O
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